Some have hailed the soda blasting technique as a revolutionary technology for cleaning and stripping paint off cars. It can gently strip paint off the body and panels of cars without damaging or warping them, thanks to the non-destructive characteristic of its abrasive. This technique requires no toxic chemicals, making it relatively safe to use. Instead, it uses compressed air to propel a bicarbonate-of-soda media to effectively remove any paint or contaminants on the surface without damaging the surface underneath.
The blast material itself is actually sodium bicarbonate which has been specially-formulated to remove paint and contaminants on the body of a car. You may be more familiar with its household name baking soda, which would explain why this paint-stripping technique is known as soda blasting. Environmentalists can rejoice in the fact that baking soda is a non-toxic non-hazardous food-grade material that dissolves in water easily and is 100% friendly to the environment. These soda blast particles remove surface contaminants through energy that is released when they explode upon making contact with the surface. This explosion occurs due to being driven onto surface with strong pressure. The energy which is released disrupts the contaminated surface but leaves the substrate unaffected.
A major advantage of the soda blasting technique is that no additional tools are needed to strip paint off automobiles. Sanders and grinders are not required to remove paint from the surface. This significantly reduces the time needed to prepare and strip a car clean, which can take days, to a short three to four hours. Another reason soda blasting is preferred when it comes to removing paint from cars is because it does so without damaging the metal, glass, rubber, chrome and aluminum trimmings of the car. Soda blasting is not limited to paint removal only. In fact, it is also perfect for cleaning and stripping fiberglass, composite parts and panels of a car. This is largely due to its ability to remove anything on the surface of a car’s body without damaging the bodywork on the underlying surface.
The revolutionary soda blasting technique has eliminated the need for sanding, soaking, scrubbing and destructive abrasive blasting in paint removal for automobiles.
It also doesn’t create heat on impact with panels and surface despite being shot at high pressure and exploding upon contact. Hence, there is no concern of soda blasting causing metals to warp or distort due to heat, unlike sandblasting which can warp and distort metals due to the heat that results from making contact with surface. In severe cases, you may find these damages hard to repair. Soda blasting is applied dry and is suitable on a wide range of surfaces such as metal, aluminum, timber, fiberglass and stainless steel, among others.
Aside from removing paint, soda blasting can also be used to remove surface contaminants like carbon, grease, oil, gasket material, surface corrosion, plastics, composites and of course, paint from a variety of alloys. The technique allows for thorough cleaning and stripping of paint and these surface contaminants while leaving hard and anodized coatings intact. This is because its 100% water solubility allows the baking soda to rinse out any contaminants lodged in tight nooks and crannies and removes paint from a car’s body right down to its base material.
However, although it is harsh on surface contaminants, soda blasting will not damage or infiltrate the hydraulics and engine parts of the car. It reduces the time spent on manual labor and yet, gives the car a better finish. The baking soda’s non-toxic and biodegradable properties also ensure it is not detrimental to the human health or environment. One merely needs to hose down the car with water when they are done to rinse off the baking soda.